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IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:37 AM ET

The roller-coaster that is the CFL season has swung the Calgary Stampeders back to the top, although that should come as no surprise.

For more than a season, the Stamps have become one of the most predictable teams when they play at McMahon Stadium.

At home, Tom Higgins' squad manages the offence well, plays steady defence and wins the special teams battles.

It happened again Saturday when they manhandled the Toronto Argonauts 33-10, but the visitors were depleted, missing their top quarterback and two best receivers.

But a win is a win, and Higgins has no answers as to why his team plays well at home and awful on the road.

"When we draw up the 2008 schedule, we will ask for all home games," Higgins said. "I'm making light of a situation that doesn't really have an answer. Maybe we need to take our fans, our turf and our stadium with us on the road.

"It's hard to be put a finger on it."

The Stampeders improved to 2-2 on the season, winning two home games by a combined 51 points and losing the road ones by a combined 74.

Last season, the Stamps went 8-1 at home and 2-7 away from McMahon Stadium. On Saturday, they hit a lot of the marks that would signal a victorious outing.

Quarterback Henry Burris passed for over 300 yards, running back Joffrey Reynolds hit the 100-yard mark, receiver Jeremaine Copeland hauled in 114 yards and the offence didn't commit a turnover.

The defence also held the Argos in check, forced a safety and didn't allow a first down until the second quarter.

The Stamps also had the edge in special teams, even before scoring when they faked a field-goal.

The good news about getting the 4-0 B.C. Lions next Saturday (7 p.m.) is the game is at McMahon and the visitors are also suffering some bumps and bruises.

The Stampeders made quite a few personnel moves heading into the Argos game, including making receiver Nik Lewis a healthy scratch, and they seemed to pay off.

Because they have a wealth of receivers, the Stamps had to either sit someone or continue a rotation that clearly wasn't working. Higgins wouldn't say whether Lewis would be activated for the Lions game, but the club hasn't given up on the threetime 1,000-yard receiver.

"I will tell you he will get back in sooner rather than later, but that will be something up for discussion," Higgins said. "We seriously want to look at possiblities of moving people around. It's the old adage of, 'If it ain't broke, don't mess with it.'

"We still have some good options to play with, so we'll see. We're still trying to get this game analysed and start to figure out how we'll line up Saturday."

JONES INJURED

Left tackle Garrick Jones will have his troublesome right wrist re-examined to find out exactly what is wrong. Jones suffered the deep bone bruise in training camp and took another hit on it against the Argos.

He was replaced admirably by third-year man Godfrey Ellis, allowing Jones to sit and avoid having to play through pain.

Both Jay McNeil and John Comiskey came out of the lineup for different series because of knee problems. Backup offensive lineman Rob Lazeo took their spots without missing a beat.


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